Tomorrow is my sister's birthday and I must admit that I usually try to "do it big," which means buying her lavish gifts or trying to outdo the gift I purchased the year before. However, the state of our economy has me reconsidering and wondering how I can still show my sister I care for a whole lot less.
The next time a family member or friend's birthday rolls around, you should first determine if you absolutely have to buy the person a gift. If the answer is yes, then you should figure out a limit for how much you want to spend and then be creative! Sometimes heartfelt and less expensive gifts are better than expensive gifts. So ask yourself, "What makes me think of this person?" and then go from there. You could create a playlist of songs that remind you of the person, bake a batch of his or her favorite cookies or buy a journal for the aspiring writer—all of these fun gifts cost under $10!
If you're stumped, go to gifts.com, a great gift-finding website. You can search by occasion, recipient, price range and even personality. Now you can finally find cheap gift ideas for your 16-year-old niece who's a true trendanista!
I actually found a lovely gift for my sister for only $21 on the website. I'd love to tell you what it is but just in case she's reading this, my lips are sealed. Send me your fabulously frugal gift ideas to [email protected]